How To Learn Excel

Dear Computer Lady,

Could you please advise me of the best way to learn excel.

With thanks, Karen

Dear Karen,

The best way to learn Excel depends on what kind of learner you are.

If you learn best by reading, there are some excellent books on Excel, I think my favorite is the Missing Manual series of books, and they do have one on Excel.

If you learn best by doing, the “Professor Teaches” series offers you a hands on tutorial that runs on your computer and talks you through the most common tasks in the program.

If you are looking for instructions for a specific task, you can always write it in a question and submit it on my website. I’m sure there will be others who will benefit from the instructions also.




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    • sulldchome
    • March 17, 2013

    For $20.00 I bought am online course at that has both adio and visual teaching tools. It has sample worksheets that you download and use in the lessons. Your purchase price allows you access to the lessons for one full year and are a great tool to go back to if you forget how to do something.

    • bardintune
    • March 17, 2013

    Another way to get Excel help is to use search the net for: e.g. “create drop-down list Excel xxx” or “show Comments Excel xxxx”.
    xxxx = version of Excel you’re using, e.g. 2003, 2007, etc. (To find out the version, go to Help > About Microsoft Excel.)
    N.B. Sometimes the instructions are different for PC and Mac.

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